Dead Sea Scrolls: The War of the Messiah (4Q285)

This six-line fragment, commonly referred to as the "Pierced Messiah" text, is written in a Herodian script of the first half of the first century C.E. and refers to a Messiah from the Branch of David, to a judgement, and to a killing.

  1. Isaiah the prophet: [The thickets of the forest] will be cut [down
  2. with an axe and Lebanon by a majestic one will f]all. And there shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse [
  3. the Branch of David and they will enter into judgement with [
  4. and the Prince of the Congregation, the Bran[ch of David] will kill him [
  5. by stroke]s and by wounds. And a Priest [of renown (?)] will command [
  6. the s]lai[n] of the Kitti[m]

    Transcription and translation by G. Vermes

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